Sunday: 12th August, 2018
Reference text : 1 Kings 19:4-8
1 Kings 19:7 Then the angel of the LORD came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”
In knockout football, players are conditioned to be able to play at least 120 minutes of football plus some additional time, and boxers condition their bodies to go through twelve rounds of boxing per fight. Therefore, the productivity and efficiency of footballers beyond the 120 minute mark on a soccer pitch or a boxer during the thirteenth round of a match, evidently declines because preparations may not have considered those possibilities.
Thus, regardless of the setting, adequate preparations have to be employed to enable anyone go the extra mile; otherwise, like the angel tells Elijah ‘the journey will become really long’. You will begin to feel your legs giving way under your body, or the weight of the world resting on your shoulders. You will end up running your laps as one already exhausted and asking ‘when does it all end?’.
Beloved, many have fallen along the way on the journeys they began because they underestimated the nature of their path. They just set off with no foresight, no preparation nor forward planning. The Angel of the Lord had to be strict with Elijah having to wake him up twice to eat because for his journey, he needed physical nourishment.
Each of us have our own journeys to plan for and we do not all need the same preparations. While some need to plan for a physical events like Elijah, others need preparations for an emotional or social situation, a difficult confrontation or like Esther, even the possibility of imminent death should they continue along the path they have chosen. These my dear, are not paths one can just hop on and move along without preparation.
Esther had to get the whole jewish community to fast and pray for her before meeting the King(Esther 4:15-16), while Elijah on two occasions, was asked to eat. So I ask “How are your preparing for the journey ahead of you?”
Remember # whatever path your journey takes, there will be a preparatory protocol that you have to follow.